2010-08-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

As we move into August, the activities for Mardi Gras involve more fun and bring out more and more people. Fortunately, the weather has gotten more moderate and high temperature days don’t appear to be in sight. It will be great if moderate is the word for the weather the rest of this summer!

Grassy Point events support Dennis Malone for Mayor. All proceeds to BCAC: Kareoke at Grassy’s on Friday, August 6 starting at 9 p.m. One dollar jello shots; 50/50s.

The 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival is set for Saturday, August 7. Finns Fury will be back, along with Unforgettable Fire, the renowned U2 cover band, and more, to provide great Irish entertainment.

Shaded seating, food and drink, entertainment for the kids, and many Irish vendors will be on hand.

Grassy Point will have live band, The Mondays, on Saturday, August 7 starting at 9 p.m., with $1 jello shots and 50/50s. Cover charge is $10.

“Shorebirds 101” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Walk around East and West Ponds with naturalist Don Riepe and look for migrating shorebirds and butterflies. Bring binoculars, drinking water; wear sun and insect protection. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

Ruffle Bar has scheduled three events in support of Timmy Hanning for Mayor. All proceeds for the events to BCAC. Ruffle Bar Dog Wash will be held on Sunday, August 8. Call 718-318-2300 for appointment. Bath prices include nails and are as follows: Small Dog $10; Medium Dog $12; Large Dog $15. Nails Only costs $5.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Tuesday, August 10. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

On Wednesday, August 11 have a Ruffle Bar Dinner of Beef Stew over Egg Noodles for Timmy Hanning for Mayor. At $7 each and while supplies last; starting at 5 p.m. Eat in or call 718-318-2300 for free delivery.

Lasagna Dinners with Salad on Thursday, August 12 at Grassy’s from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $8 for Dennis Malone for Mayor; dine in or call for free delivery. Call 718-474- 1688. Proceeds to BCAC. “I hope everyone is having a fun summer!”

Grassy Point will have a live band, Retro, 69, on Thursday, August 12 starting at 8 p.m. One dollar jello shots and 50/50s. Cover charge is $10.

On Friday, August 13 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is “Night of the Moths” at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Join moth expert Steve Walter for an indoor presentation, followed by an outside walk in the moth’s world. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

Come to the “Shorebird Festival” in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Naturalists will give presentations on shorebirds and lead walks to look for them over both days. Wear waterproof footgear and sun and insect protection. Bring binoculars, lunch and drinking water. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

On Saturday, August 21 there will be a Horseshoe Tournament; 2 person team $25 entry fee. Cash prize; trophies. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Food for teams; music from DJ. Rain date Sunday, August 22. To sign up, call 718-474-1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

An Irish Wake will be held on Friday, August 27 at Ruffle Bar. Cover charge is $5. Viewing is at 5 p.m.; Funeral Procession is at 7 p.m.. Irish bangers. Live entertainment.

“Lots of fun and laughs!”

Tickets are available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown. With only 400 sold, the $100 ticket is a great buy. For tickets contact Sabrina Gross 646-236-0090. “Help support the Broad Channel Athletic Club!”

At the Library: Summer Reading Party for all those who signed up for reading program, Tuesday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m.; certificates and prizes will be distributed. Adult Book Discussion will take place on Friday, August 27 at 1 p.m. Read “Out of Time” by Paul McCusker.

Every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a free Yoga Class with Broad Channel resident and yoga instructor Mary Lou on Fort Tilden in building sTudio 7 (through main gate to intersection in front of old chapel; turn right, go past Post Theater and T6 to T7 on left. Parking is available outside T6 and T7). Bring mat or towel. Wear loose comfortable clothes.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center’s current art exhibit on Birds of the Northeast United States runs to September 30.

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will present A Tribute to Sinatra and Elvis. “Two talented guys will sing Sinatra and Elvis Hits.“ Cost of $25 per person includes the show, pasta, and one free drink. For more information or for advance tickets call Carol at 718- 634-7235.

The Rockaway Writers group to which some Broad Channel writers belong is looking for actors to read original works written by members of this group. At present, writers produce 10- minute long performance pieces — prose, poems, short stories, short plays. Needed are adult readers/performers, male and female — age unimportant. At present, performances are held in Fort Tilden, but we are hoping for an agreement with Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to present our work in their visitor center. Other areas in Queens might be a possibility in the future. If you only can perform at a specific venue, list it in your email or note. Interested adults can email or drop a note in my mailbox. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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